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Valves & Actuators 101 Course Set for Valve World Americas Event

Valve Ed and VWAThe second Valve World Americas 2013 Expo & Conference begins at Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center on June 25, 2013, but the great opportunities for learning start even before the conference.

Greg-BR-presentingGreg JohnsonThe Valve Manufacturers Association (VMA) is offering a one-day version of its Valves & Actuators 101 education program, designed to jump-start the career of industry newcomers or provide a refresher on valve, actuator and control basics. VMA member presenters will discuss the major valve and actuator types from 9 am to 5 pm on Monday, June 24.

The 2013 Valve World Americas Expo & Conference is the perfect complement to the valves and actuators course as it will provide an American-focused platform for the ongoing technical and commercial exchange of information and experiences on the latest technologies, developments and products for the valve industry.

The conference will feature workshops on topics including material selection, fugitive emissions, fitness for service, updates in cryo technology, unconventional energy and more. Each day has keynote sessions on topics such as the general outlook on energy and new challenges in the field.

Additionally, 147 exhibitors from 15 countries will be displaying at the expo, presenting a complete spectrum of innovations for this sector, ranging from valves, valve-related products and valve-related piping products to seals and sealing materials, engineering and leak detection, and valve repair services. In addition to exhibits hosted by a number of VMA members, Valve Manufacturers Association staff will be on hand to answer questions about the association, and distribute copies of VALVE Magazine and the latest Valve Catalog.

Visit the Valve World Americas website and register for the 101 course by June 19. The cost is $450 and attendees receive a VMA Certificate of Completion for six continuing education hours, CD with presentations, lunch and afternoon snack, plus complimentary entrance to the Valve World Americas Expo.

Two-day 101 Course to Take Place in November

P1010444Later this year, VMA will conduct its full two-day Valves & Actuators 101 course, Nov. 6-7, 2013, at Harrah’s in New Orleans. The Valve Basics Seminar & Exhibits has been expanded and, in addition to the regular program, now includes lessons on Solenoids & Limit Switches, and Positioners & Accessories. The popular "Valve Petting Zoo” and a table-top exhibition also will take place.

More than 750 people have attended VMA’s Valves & Actuators 101 course since it was introduced in late 2009. VMA will soon release an online, narrated version of the course to provide even more access to this vital, entry-level education.

For more information and online registration, visit VMA.org > Meetings > Basics Seminar & Exhibits. The cost is $665 through Aug. 31, and then rises to $700. The fee includes a VMA Certificate of Completion awarding 12 continuing education hours, a manual with presentations and notes, breakfasts, lunches, snacks and a reception. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , VMA director of education.

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